28JUN2013: US-Japan war games off the California coast imitate Chinese invasion


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(RT) – The US and Japan are preparing for a possible Chinese invasion of the Senkaku Islands. Using a small island off the coast of California, US and Japanese forces are mimicking an armed invasion and an amphibious assault to prepare for a real-life scenario.

The unprecedented drills, code-named Dawn Blitz, are being conducted on San Clemente Island, which is 75 miles northwest of San Diego, the Christian Science Monitor reports.  They began with an assault led by 80 US Marines and three MV-22 Osprey aircraft, and were followed by a Japanese counterattack using 1,000 troops and two warships. Although Japanese officials claim they are not preparing to target a third country, the exercises have made Chinese officials uncomfortable.

China and Japan have long disputed the Senkaku Islands, which are located in the East China Sea but which the Japanese government purchased from private owners in 2012. The islands are uninhabited, but believed to hold rich oil and gas deposits. The purchase triggered violent protests that tens of thousands of Chinese took part in, and harmed Sino-Japanese relations.

In the months after the purchase, the Chinese navy practiced military exercises near the islands, and joint US-Japanese naval drills subsequently occurred in the waters of the island chain. The latest drills off the California coast are only adding to tensions regarding the Senkaku Islands. Chinese officials reportedly objected to the drills, but their concerns were ignored by Washington, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

“We’re aware of China’s objections, but from a Japanese and US perspective, the object of the exercise is to build a powerful deterrent and demonstrate that the two forces are seamlessly connected – to show the Chinese that they are battle-ready,” an official source familiar with Dawn Blitz told the Monitor on condition of anonymity. “There is nothing unusual in that.”

The exercises began just two days after President Obama met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at a California summit on June 8. But even though some believe the US is in a tricky position, the official does not believe the US is in the wrong, since the US-Japan security treaty requires the country to help Japan deter any attacks on its territory.

“I don’t think Dawn Blitz puts the US in a tricky position,” the official said. “They started the drill just after the Obama-Xi summit to avoid any diplomatic repercussions. But the fact that Japan and the US went ahead with the exercise also sends a message – that they are on the same page when it comes to deterring possible Chinese aggression.”

Lt. Gen. Koichi Isobe, Japan’s vice chief of staff, told reporters that Japan’s self-defense forces (SDF) need to develop the capabilities to ward off any attacks that might occur on the remote islands.

“The defense of remote islands is a pressing issue, but the SDF [Japan’s self-defense forces] has just begun training to develop such capabilities, which are required of US Marines,” Japan’s vice chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Koichi Isobe, told reporters. “Japan needs to determine its defense strategy and procure necessary equipment and train SDF members for this purpose.”

The US has publicly refused to take sides regarding the Senkaku Islands, but its training exercises with Japan may inadvertently cause a shift in its neutrality.

Read Original: http://rt.com/usa/california-war-games-japan-339/

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UPDATE 21JUN2013: Foreign Troops and Armored Vehicles Spotted in NH, FL, WV


(Intellihub) – As Nashua, NH, residents witness armored vehicles patrolling the streets of their usually peaceful town, blogger Pamela Rae Schuffert reports getting numerous phone calls from West Virginia, Florida, and Georgia regarding military transport jets landing in numerous cities across the country. Is America preparing for a military operation within its borders?

Today, the New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition released the photos of an armored vehicle and the accompanying helmeted personnel riding with them in an area of Nashua. Judging by the stamp on the photos, these were taken late Friday morning, May 17, by the city resident who the NHTPC claim to know personally.

NHTPS also reported a local resident calling the Nashua Police Department to get some answers as to who these individuals were and why they were roaming the streets in this armored tank-like vehicle.

The concerned citizen did not get any conclusive answers to his questions. In the meanwhile, blogger Pamela Rae Schuffert claims she was getting numerous calls from West Virginia, Jacksonville, and Camp Atterbury regarding unusually heavy air-traffic in those regions.

People reported seeing huge military transport jets landing in military bases all over the country. “Just had a phone call from a man in Jacksonville Florida who lives right on the flight path of the Naval Air station there who advised that starting early yesterday morning there has been a constant flow of huge unmarked military transport planes landing non-stop since.

He thinks they’re C130′s and C17′s. He said he’s never in all the years there seen more than a dozen per day. These jets are silver and plain, no tail markings”, writes Schuffert in her blog. ”I had several high level militia members call me with Intel which confirmed on UN soldiers being flown into Indiana on 130’s and C17’s, being issued US army name tapes and ranks, and being put under order of DHS on top of that multiple armed swat raids being led by IRS in Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Georgia,” she continues. Schuffert also adds that when soldiers ask their military command about incoming flights, they are told “you did not see what you thought you saw”.

At this point, one might only wonder why the US flies in foreign troops and puts heavily armored vehicles on the streets without making any formal announcements on the issue. Are these developments a part of US police militarization campaign or does US prepare for a civil war? Schuffert suggests foreign troops and armored vehicles can soon be used under martial law in the US. “The reason is,” she writes, “that under martial law, the foreign troops will perform the dirty work that US troops don’t really want to do against their fellow Americans.”

Read More: http://intellihub.com/2013/05/24/foreign-troops-and-armored-vehicles-spotted-in-nh-fl-wv/

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WTH? THE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE SHOOTER IS WEARING WHAT?


WTH? THE SANTA MONICA COLLEGE SHOOTER IS WEARING WHAT?.

Just another day in America to get the guns, drug all the people, take the federal money, inflict fear, and terrorize the public?

UPDATE 13MAY2013: DHS Wants Equipment For “Riot Control Situations”


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(Paul Joseph Watson) –

The Department of Homeland Security is purchasing hundreds of items of protective gear for its fleet of Federal Protective Service officers in order to prepare for “riot control situations,” increasing concerns that the federal agency is readying for domestic unrest.

A June 10 solicitation posted on the FedBizOpps website seeks to outfit officers working for the DHS’ Federal Protective Service, which is primarily used to guard government buildings but has also been used to spy on protesters.

As we reported last month, FPS officers were used to guard an IRS building in St. Louis during a Tea Party protest against the federal agency’s discrimination targeting conservative groups.

As GSN reports, the items the DHS is looking to acquire include the following;

– 111 Centurion CPX2500 Soft Shell Riot Control System upper body and shoulder protection, which must “effectively protect the torso and shoulders from blunt force trauma.”

– 123 Centurion TPX200 thigh/groin protection systems “designed for blunt trauma protection during riot control situations,” said the solicitation. The gear “protects the thigh area and has an adjustable and removable groin protector.”

– 110 Hatch TS70 Centurion hard shell shin guards, which must provide “substantial protection from flying debris. Non-ballistic weapons, and blows to the leg.”

– 189 MaxPro-Police riot helmets, which have a “high impact molded half shell helmet with integral visor and neck protector.”

The solicitation also includes a request for 116 pairs of tactical gloves and 128 forearm protectors. The contract includes four additional one year option periods. The equipment will be delivered to a Federal Protective Service facility in Alexandria, VA, within 45 days of the award.

The reference to “riot control situations” can be found in the “Statement of Work” file at the bottom of the solicitation.

Fears that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing for civil unrest have intensified ever since the agency began purchasing large quantities of ammunition. Having already committed to purchasing well over 1.6 billion rounds of bullets over the course of the last year, a DHS “request for information” issued last month quizzed bullet manufacturers on how fast they can supply large quantities of ammo.

The request asked ammo companies if they were capable of supplying, “large quantity orders of any training caliber specified with a short turnaround time of 30-60 days.”

Last year, the DHS hired hundreds of new FPS guards to protect government buildings across the country.

This followed a controversial drill in Florida dubbed “Operation Shield,” during which FPS agents armed with semiautomatic guns were posted outside a Social Security office in Florida. The unannounced exercise centered around “detecting the presence of unauthorized persons and potentially disruptive or dangerous activities.” Residents were forced to show identification papers to the guards during the drill.

Whether the DHS is preparing for riots targeting government buildings remains to be seen, but this will do little to dampen concerns that big government is arming itself to the teeth while Americans are being lectured about relinquishing their second amendment rights.

Read Original: http://www.infowars.com/dhs-wants-equipment-for-riot-control-situations/

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24May2013: New Precedent: Armed Domestic Drone Strikes Will Soon Be Reality


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(Story Leak) – A new precedent has been set. Despite extensive denial that drone strikes would endanger Americans, Attorney General Eric Holder has now openly admitted that four US citizens were killed through overseas drone strikes since 2009.

While not on United States soil, the deaths of the US citizens in nations like Yemen and Pakistan highlight the new precedent being set by US government heads who wish to use drones as a form of lethal enforcement on US soil.  With Holder admitting that Americans have already died via drone strikes following his statements that Obama can already initiate drone strikes on US soil, we are now seeing the way paved to go ahead and announce armed drones to fight terrorism here in the US.

We all remember the initial rhetoric that drones were ‘no real threat’, and that they were simply unarmed scouting machines used to save lives overseas.

Then, we saw them rapidly enter the nation, and we heard the same tired reassurances. We saw them killing innocents overseas with the high powered weaponry being attached to these ‘scouting’ drones, and we see them still doing so today. But, once again, we’re told not to worry. Political talking heads like Eric Holder assure us that domestic drones, for which over 1,400 permits have been issued, are not meant to be used as weapons. Well, that is unless Obama decides to use the drones as a weapon of war on US soil.

ARMED DOMESTIC DRONES IN THE NEAR FUTURE

Despite the message of assurance regarding the promise that domestic drones would never turn into government-controlled war machines, Eric Holder decided to go ahead and announce that it would actually be entirely ‘legal’ for Obama to issue a drone strike on a US citizen on domestic soil. In fact, CNN reports that Holder does not ‘rule out’ the possibility of domestic drone strikes, and that a scenario could occur in the future. And to strike someone with a drone, of course, you would need weaponry. You would need an armed drone.

In other words, Holder is going against the major promise by the FAA official who ‘promised’ that no armed drones will be flying on domestic soil. But don’t worry, Holder says the government has ‘no intention’ right now of issuing drone strikes on US soil. Just like the government never targeted Constitution and conservative-based groups through the IRS and would never use domestic drones to spy on you. Quite simply, if any power is given to these individuals in government, be sure of one thing: they will use it.

And knowing the track record of drone strikes overseas and how they greatly affect the innocent, drone strikes on US soil against citizens is an even more serious threat. The 3,000 plus deaths from drone strikes overseas in Pakistan alone, which vastly affect the innocent and non-threatening, have even prompted Google employees and big firms alike to develop charts and interactive maps to detail the deaths in a manner that portrays the reality of the situation. One design firm known as Pitch recently went and created an interactive chart that, along with detailing how less than 2% of strike victims are high priority targets, documents the drone strike deaths throughout recent years.

We continue to hear these major announcements from Holder regarding drone strikes, and each time it pushes the precedent further. Each time, he warps the ‘law’ to justify what is being done with drone attacks, and each time we come closer to the announcement that we ‘need’ to use armed drones against domestic terrorists. Just wait for the next terrorist hunt in the US for a high profile crime case to hear more from Holder and the gang on why we need armed domestic drones to keep us safe. It already happened with Dorner and others.
Read more: http://www.storyleak.com/armed-domestic-drone-strikes-reality/#ixzz2UDJF2Cgt

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20May2013 – Are More Foreign Troops landing in America?


20May2013 – Are More Foreign Troops landing in America?

Note: The Government Rag has no way to verify this report but other reports that The Government Rag received in past Mayday reports do coincide with Foreign Troop sightings. Please take the information as you wish. The Mayday Page is not for fear mongering but sometimes unconfirmed reports could be better safe than sorry. We live in a world now  where everything true is labeled a hoax by the government IT workers that get paid to incite rhetoric. 

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Update 15May2013: NAVY X47-B Drone to Patrol Seas


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(Intellihub) – VIRGINIA — This adds a whole new tear to domestic surveillance as most airspace is free range to the men behind the curtain. Now advanced drones are roaming the land, air and water.

For the first time in aviation history a military drone aircraft was launched at sea off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS George W. Bush.

“SALTY-DOG502″ is what the drone has been labeled by the military as this will likely signify a new form of foreign and domestic surveillance over waters.

According to reports, the drone was able to, successfully negotiate, passes above and around the ship, while Naval Officers stood by proud not realizing that this would be the death of the constitution in America and the start of a Fascist dictatorship.

In fact, Wired.com did an article in which the details read, “But the X-47B, a Northrop Grumman creation, is a step ahead of other drones in another way. Almost all drones of its size — with a 62-foot wingspan, it’s bigger than a Predator and about on the scale of a manned F/A-18 Super Hornet — are flown by human beings. Those human beings might be thousands of miles away from the drone, in a cramped and freezing-cold Ground Control Station, but they have instruments that give them physical, real-time control of how the drone flies and what it sees — a very remote cockpit. The X-47B is different: its flight plan is pre-programmed, a matter of an algorithm, and the drone executes it autonomously, relying on GPS. The human back on board the ship only overrides it if something goes wrong.

“The Navy’s model is different from the Air Force’s,” said Rear Adm. Ted Branch, the commander of Naval Air Forces Atlantic. “We don’t have someone actively flying this machine with a stick and a throttle. We fly it with a mouse and a keyboard.” In military nomenclature, the Air Force has dronepilots; the Navy has drone operators.

Today’s launch has been planned for months and anticipated for years. Earlier this month, at the Navy’s aviation test hub in Maryland, known as Pax River, the X-47B touched down and caught the arresting wire on a mock carrier deck. Catching the wire, or the “Trap,” is as difficult as it is necessary to keep a plane from careening off the carrier and into the water. While it was a positive sign that the Navy’s new robot demonstrator could do it, the X-47B’s successful Trap catch was still on dry land.”

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http://intellihub.com/2013/05/14/navy-x47-b-drone-to-patrol-seas/

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